Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

More than half of Computer Hardware Engineers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $70,495 per year. Compensation generally starts at $41,962 and does not exceed $111,561 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $45,731 to $107,176, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10,829 and profit sharing that reaches $10,000. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn vision coverage. For the most part, Computer Hardware Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$45,731 - $107,176
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MEDIAN: $69,646
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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$7.89 - $40.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,731 - $107,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,829  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,962 - $111,561  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.89 - $40.02  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,962 - $111,561  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.
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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer

Professional skills reported by Computer Hardware Engineers are few in number. Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and Engineering Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 14 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Computer Hardware Engineers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $64K—can reach $79K. Pay amounts to $100K after 10 to 20 years. Only after two decades on the job do workers bring in a six-figure salary around $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 16 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Jose
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San Francisco
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National Average
$70,000
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Austin is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Hardware Engineers, 35 percent higher than the national average. Computer Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+32 percent) and San Francisco (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$70,000

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C++
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$70,000
C
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Java
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%
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